Red yeast rice is an herbal medicine used to treat high cholesterol (too much fat in your blood).
Other names for red yeast rice include: Monascus purpureus and Cholestin.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse about how much red yeast rice you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking red yeast rice. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more red yeast rice or take it more often than what is written on the directions.
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Do not take red yeast rice without first talking to your doctor if you are taking:
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects.
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
1. Wang J, Lu Z, Chi J et al: Multicenter clinical trial of serum lipid-lowering effects of a Monascus purpureus (red yeast) rice preparation from traditional Chinese medicine. Curr Ther Res 1997; 58(12): 964-978.
2. Ramesh Prasad GV, Wong T, Meliton G et al: Rhabdomyolysis due to red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) in a renal transplant recipient. Transplantation 2002; 74(8):1200-1201.